COMMUNITY-BASED SURVEY. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the Cordillera region urges the public to cooperate in a community-based monitoring survey (CBMS) to get detailed information about the situation of people at the grassroots level in the region. The result will allow the government and other data users to know who needs help, where they are, and what help is needed. (PNA photo by Liza T. Agoot)

BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has decided to conduct a community-based monitoring survey (CBMS) in 59 fifth- and sixth-class towns in the Cordillera region to allow the government to see the specific situation in their villages and bring assistance and programs to them more easily.

“The disaggregated survey will allow us to have an actual, detailed, and more comprehensive data of the people at the grassroots level, not just the regional and provincial, but even at the barangay level,” Villafe Alibuyog, PSA-Cordillera director, said during the regional launch of the CBMS program on Monday.

All the 27 municipalities of Abra, Apayao, and Benguet are joining the survey that will last 52 days starting August 8.

In the Mountain Province, five of the 10 municipalities are participating, six of the eight in Kalinga, and one of the 11 towns in Ifugao.

Alibuyog said the survey of the 59 out of the 77 municipalities in the region would be funded by the PSA.

The CBMS was piloted in Baguio City in 2021, with the results currently being consolidated.

"Data users have been clamoring for disaggregated data because the surveys we had in the past were regional in nature and do not reflect the specific situation in the provinces, municipalities, and villages," Alibuyog said. “Sa region, for example, ang sitwasyon sa Baguio at Benguet iba sa sitwasyon sa munisipyo pero dahil may CBMS, pwede na natin makita ang grassroots situation (In our region, for example, the situation in Baguio and Benguet is different from the municipalities but with CBMS, we can see the situation at the grass roots).”

She said there would be three questionnaires with different respondents from the barangays, the residents, and the business sector.

For the survey of residents, the enumerators will visit houses and conduct the interview for about two hours to complete the 50-page questionnaire.

“We ask our residents to cooperate and have time for the survey because this is very important so that we can get all the necessary inputs and for each of the households to be included in the survey,” Alibuyog said.

With the CBMS, it will be easier to know who needs to be assisted during calamities and where they are located and to address the issue of relief items going to the wrong families.

Aldrin Bahit, PSA-Cordillera chief statistical specialist, also said the evidence-based data would properly guide decision-makers to have sound planning.

“The data users are not able to use regional data if they want a specific place, so this will be addressed by the CBMS,” Bahit said.

He said “the information will be very specific so that we can get the actual situation in a specific place, residence, and the village that can, later on, be used when coming up with programs or even assistance for the area.”

The enumerators will collect the demographic and socio-economic characteristics and other information that will be used as a basis or indicator of the living conditions of households and the communities in the region.

The responses will be placed in the gadget, which at the end of the day will be uploaded to the main database of the PSA for processing, making it easier to consolidate.

Bahit said the CBMS is a nationwide program under Republic Act 11315 that was passed in 2021.

“We assure the respondents that the data privacy law will apply, assuring that data obtained will be confidential,” Bahit said. (PNA)